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Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridget Jones's Diary
Label: Island
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great CD!!! Except....

This CD is great...the only thing that keeps it from getting 5 stars is the fact that Van Morrison's rendition of "Someone Like You" was NOT included!!! I love "Killin' Kind" and "Out of Reach"...some of my favorites!!!

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
Label: Decca U.S.
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A Musical With a Great Score

I've seen the show and own the cd, and frankly, I don't think that it is a good show . Mushy, overblown music, and a trite story. The special effects were good! Actually, the performances on this cd are excellent. Give the singers credit-they didn't have much to work with. But, for a positive comment, well, the special effects were good!

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Way It Is
Label: RCA
Artist: Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Hornsby's Smashing Debut

Bruce Hornsby exploded onto the pop music scene from out of nowhere with 1986's "The Way it Is." Fittingly, since he had a great sound and was capable of writing songs with strong melodic hooks. Hornsby's voice and keyboard playing are excellent, but it's the songwriting that makes the first half of this album particularly memorable. "On the Western Skyline," "Every Little Kiss" "Mandolin Rain," and the title track all sparkle. The second half of the album is not nearly as good, containing some filler material, but it holds its own well enough to make "The Way it Is" one of the better rock albums released during the 1980s.
Overall, an excellent mainstream rock album that sounds as good today as when it was first released.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Ray of Light
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Good but not flawless.

When it comes to reviewing Madonna's Ray Of Light it is hard to describe it. What Madonna wanted to do is reinvent herself and make different kind of music. She said she was a big techno fan but said also that many people didn't like techno becomes it wasn't really emoitional and she said she wanted to make it emoitional. It is nothing wrong with that but it fails to deliver the true emoitional part. William Orbit is a great producer. He remixed Justify My Love which could be found on her single. (She never mention it when they asked her why hireing William Orbit). Now this album contains many Madonna's hits and truly has some great tracks in between. However some songs on Ray Of Light are fillers and others not so perfect. The music often distracs Madonna's voice and sometimes the opposite and when Madonna tries to be emoitional she ruins her songs with not so perfect lyrics ( she has written better lyrics before). Her voice also does not seem to balance on the album and often the song that starts out really well becomes a big whole mess. Though this album has some great kick ass tunes it has also some bad ones and not so good ones. I Have to say that Ray Of Light by Madonna is probably her most overrated and overhyped work to date. I Have listened to better albums but many Madonna's fan seem to praise it. Try Like A Prayer or Erotica instead.